I saw the Surgeon on January 2nd 2019 and she discussed with me my next step to fighting this cancer. Dr. Hoover and the rest of the treatment team recommend doing a mastectomy because I was not a candidate to save the breast. The tumor was still large and the chemo did not do much of a change to reduce it.
As she is telling me this, I felt so overwhelm ed and wanted to know if there is any other way to save the breast. I felt like I am still young at 51 and without having a breast would be devasting to me. I am very self-conscious with my body and going through this will destroy me and put me in a deep depression.
I had my CT and Bone scans on the 21st of December to see how well the chemotherapy worked on my cancer tumor. I sat with Dr. Khong at Moffitt Cancer Center and he went over the results of my scans. It was disappointing to know that the chemo did not get rid of all the tumor and it only shrunk by less than half.
The Dr said that it wasn’t what he expected and the next treatment option would be discussed by the oncologist surgeon, Dr. Susan Hoover. My appointment with her is scheduled for January 2nd. According to the bone scan was still showing cancer on my spine. The only positive news was that there were no other signs of cancer anywhere else in my body.
My last chemo was on December 18th and it was great to have completed it but it is not over with my treatment. This is part of my journey. The chemo was done first to shrink the tumor since it was over the size where the Doctor can operate.
Now that I have completed the 14 cycle chemo treatment, I will then do scans and see My Medical Oncologist for further recommendations of treatment. I have scans to see how well the chemo worked and to check if it has not gone anywhere else in my body. The CT scan helps to see how much the tumor had shrunk and seen all other organs.
The treatment was just as difficult as the disease itself. I was made aware that the treatment is going to be tough on me. I knew this was going to be a tough journey but I have to do this for my kids and for myself.
I do not want this disease to take my life and leave my kids with no mother. So I would go through the awful side effects and hope it works for me. I started with the effects of extreme nausea and vomiting.
I couldn’t wait any longer because it was already almost 2 months since I was diagnosed and I haven’t started treatment. Prior to starting the chemo, I had to have a port implanted on my upper right chest right below the collarbone. This is where the chemo will be going in and where the Nurses draw the blood. This is to make the chemo go in without having to keep poking me to find a vein and It goes in faster through the port. I had the port put in on June 29th and then I had to see the Doctor and Oncologist Nurse after I healed.
During the early month of February of 2018, I started to feel a lump on my left breast and it looked different because it also had a dippling but I didn’t think nothing of it since I’ve had a cyst in the past and it was benign, so I ignored it. By early March, I started to have some pain and it was radiating up to my shoulder and under my armpit. It was a cause for concern, so I made an appointment to see my primary care Doctor.
I was scheduled to meet with my Medical Oncologist at Moffitt on May 23rd to go over my treatment plan and meet with the rest of my cancer treatment team. I had a early appointment to meet with Dr. Ismail Kahn and I first impression of her was not good.
The Doctor had no bedside manners and she lacked compassion. She was cold with me and I felt like she was just wanting to treat the disease and not me as a person.
After receiving the bad news over the phone, I was scheduled to meet with the Oncologist Surgeon at Moffitt Cancer Center. The appointment was on May 4th and I met with Dr. Susan Hoover who is going to be my Surgeon. On this appointment, I was told about the type of breast cancer I have and what is going to be my treatment plan.
The Doctor explained to me the details of my cancer.
I was diagnosed to have Invasive Lobular Carcinoma which is a type of cancer that begins in the milk- producing glands(lobules) of the breast. Invasive means that the cells broke out and spread to the Lymph Nodes and other areas of the body. Also the type of cancer I have is fed by estrogen hormones. Which have me at a Estrogen positive, Progesterone negative and HER2 Negative.